Following a pattern established by Low Winter Sun (though hopefully not to the letter), both the moody British crime drama Broadchurch and its star will be translated into American versions, as David Tennant has confirmed he’ll reprise his lead role in Fox’s upcoming remake in 2014.
So here’s the deal: the show “Broadchurch” is airing on BBC America, a few months after it wrapped up in the UK. Some idiot at Fox says to himself, “We gotta get this show on Amurrican T.V.! Not that British crap with all those accents and ugly teeth, but on real Amurrrican T.V. with hot stars with perfect hair and stuff. Speaking real Amurrrican English, too!” And somehow they pay David Tennant enough money to not only re-enact the same series he just filmed, but to do it with an American accent. Not to mention that the ending of the show is already out there for anyone who wants to look at it, so will it really be a surprise when the American one airs (assuming they don’t change it)? Meanwhile in the UK, a second series is being written which is probably going star…David Tennant again. Think it’ll air when the remake is airing in the U.S.? I kinda hope so.
I’ll never understand why American producers think they have to remake every popular foreign show instead of — gasp! — just airing the original show. With subtitles, if necessary. Not only would the original story and characters be preserved exactly as they should be, but it would give mainstream America (especially those in xenophobic small towns) a little exposure to the outside world that they desperately need. We’re not all so dumb that we wouldn’t appreciate seeing the original version broadcast here — have they learned nothing from the American fandom of “Downton Abbey” and “Doctor Who”? And yet, I know a lot of Americans would sadly be put off by seeing something foreign on the shitty major networks like NBC/ABC/CBS/Fox.
If anything, this kind of thing shows that American producers are out of good ideas. They keep cranking out mindless family sitcoms, dregs-of-society reality shows, and endless crime dramas (“CSI: My Cornhole” is a personal favorite), so they try to remake popular foreign shows but with very little success. “The Office” was a rare one that actually worked, but many, many failures came before it. “The IT Crowd” and “Red Dwarf” are notorious examples of shows with American pilots that crashed and burned, and there were many others that never got off the ground, lucky for us. When will they learn?